Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Okay, I am so easily distracted....I'll admit it. I was watching Quilting Arts on PBS (the only channel I really ever watch) while I put address labels on the envelopes to mail this letter out. The next program was Gary Spetz with WatercolorQuest. Now I do paint but I can not water color to save my life, but I had to watch it. We was in Alaska "looking" for pictures to paint. So it was a travel-log about Alaska too, all the while he was talking about design rules, color and color placement with the landscape. I kept thinking "wow" that works in quilting too. Plus, I still want to go to Alaska . It was a great program. But now I'm back on track to write something about quilting.
Janice has sent me the following line up for winter classes. Remember we are not guaranteed a class every week. There are days we will have to entertain ourselves. We have planned some work days were we will all work on charity quilts, make items for sale on the craft table, and charity pillow cases. Here is the list, no dates yet.
February 11 and 12 2011 are the show dates for our Quilting from the Hearts Show. Committees are you ready?? Yes, we have started our ribbons. I was taking a photo of the raffle quilt before I left Q. but forgot where it is. I think I have a block picture some where. It should be quilted by now. Get ready to start selling tickets.
Abbie would like us to bring and early quilt that we have made. I don't want to scare anyone, but, I saw one of mine at my parents' garage when we were doing a garage sale. I was afraid to look…but maybe it could come if you don't laugh too hard. I made it for my kids out of scrapes from all the PJs I had made them. I wonder what I used for batting? Most likely it is an old blanket. I had no money.
Hope many of you have had a chance to go to a quilt show or a new class. There are so many new ideas out there. WOW! I had so much fun at the Minnesota Quilt Show in June. I worked too selling tickets. The reward is a special quilt pin that says Volunteer across the quilt block pattern. It was so much fun. Next year it will be farther from home but I hope I can take a class. The teachers were all great! Of course I wanted to bead on a . I know that Janice and I can figure that one out for ourselves.
If you have a quilting DVD bring it with. Maybe we can watch it in small groups. I have one on paintstiks.
I have some extra block patterns from my guild here in MN. Is anyone interested in a block of the month??? How about a fat quarter exchange? We also did an orphan (ugly) fat quarter exchange and you had to made something and bring it back the next month. Mine was simple. I went through my scrap box and found some colors that coordinated and did a quilt as you go placemat. Of course now I have to make 3 more, but it was fast and easy. Plus, I could use some new placemats.
I have not heard from Candice. I asked if we could do more then one challenge block since last time I saw her she had lots of them left. Then we could have more then one chance to win. Of course mine is not done yet.
Remember I still have the whole Douglas County invited to look at my gardens July 11th. Today is a rest day. I have a country look garden which I call a "plunk it" garden. I plunk it in the ground. If it doesn't grow there I dig it up and plunk it somewhere else. Doesn't country mean that I can let the rest of the weeds? Will I survive? Will the flowers Survive? We finally got some rain, but more would be better. Oh yes, you are all invited too. A dear friend has offered to bake fresh cookies for me. WOW, is she ever a friend! I know I can stir up lemon aid.
As some of you know I will not be doing the newsletter next year. I am just too busy, doing too many things. So if you would think about taking over….I send out 34 paper newsletters and around 60 emails. Yes it is work.
Did you know that I have started an egroup. We have 15 members. You may subscribe at :www. . OR
Maybe that would be a better way to communicate at least for the ones that have a computer. It is a private site where you register and I have to approve you. There is more for me to learn about it, lucky they have a help menu. J.N. and I both had a problem figuring out if we were responding to the group or to the person. We are doing better and we WILL learn, someday. It is a great way to keep in touch and you don't have to email everyone. I thought face book would be good, but alas I have a daughter-in-law that thinks it is her private blog and fills it up so that I can't even find my friends unless I have a half hour to spare. which I don't) Am I the only person with this problem?? SO if I am a friend on face book…you may not see me any more. Not to worry.
I am still working on the pictures from last years quilt show. If you have any the I don't I can always use more. You can still see them on the blog. WWW.quartzsitequilters.blogspot.com Boy I have not had to type that for a while. Shortcuts are great! Anyway…. They are finally all printed and I will get them in the Album. Yes, I am historian too! Don't let me volunteer for anything next year. I am just going to have fun and sew. I am trying to slow down Kathy and think of your words often. Thank you.
Let's see what else do I know??? I sent a fast note to people that I thought could provide me with more news. As they say, "no news is good news".
DID YOU KNOW
A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts of
Thank you To Cathy H and Alice..
Quartzsite is expecting 112 degrees today. It is 86 here.
This letter was sent to me from Mary Huntley from Quartzsite. She is a member of our guild. What are your feelings about this??? It could be fun. I think I posted this on the blog so some of you have seen it.
It was great to get the newsletter from the club, as I was in the process of drafting a letter regarding the Arizona 2012 Centennial. I volunteered to be on the Committee and my area deals with Education. We are however contacting as many organizations and clubs within the community to enlist their participation, of course the Quilt and Art Guild along with the schools were at the top of the list.
My proposal is; do you think the guild would be interested in making a quilt to raffle off as one of the fundraisers? Naturally I was thinking places around the State but especially around Quartzsite would be nice to feature. I was also thinking that along with the 2012 Centennial Quilt Show, you could showcase maybe machines made in 1912 to the present day. Many of you have made period quilts, have patterns and material from these early years. We are not only trying to have as many events during the year but 'We would like them to be as educational as possible. If the Quilt was complete by the 2011 show, we could sell tickets at all events for the full year, finally raffled at the 2012 finally. Anyway this is a little of what has been bouncing in my head, will be interesting to see what the other members think, and their ideas.
The various events that will be fund raisers, monies will be spent on the cost of foods etc. for the specific event. All leftover funds will be placed in an account, than we hope to do something called a "Lasting Legacy". This will be up to the business and schools in Town to submit ideas and the public will vote. What can this Town do as a whole to leave a lasting imprint on the Town of Quartzsite with these monies? This can be anything from a Memorial Park to a Victory Garden, or another water feature in the Park. Who knows what great ideas will be presented.
Well guess this is all can come up with, maybe it's a little too much to digest, but let's see how the Guild responds. If anyone has any questions they can write me, my address is below. Hope everyone is enjoying their families. Tell them they are missing the most beautiful weather below normal for this time of year. Have a super summer everyone.
P O Box 1890
Quartzsite AZ 85346
Did you know that a fat quarter has fewer calories than a hot fudge Sunday?
Keep stitching. Bye for now.
and I will need to approve you as a member so it takes
a little time.Maybe you will find it easier to use. Barb
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Saturday, May 8, 2010
This letter is a little early because I will be on a one month rock hunting trip. I chose to send it early rather then late. I will be in OR, Utah and Nevada . Sure hope to never see another rattle snake. Quartzsite was scary enough….right next to my house no less!!!!
The Bad news first. Dee broke her wrist April 24th. They are operating on it on May 7th. She will be slow at answering emails and quilting with one hand...They had planned to leave Q. on May 1, but now who knows.
If you are wondering where your address book is....the club decided not to mail them out unless you request it at your cost. Dee has them and will send them out when she is able, after the surgery. For the updates only she needs $1.83. The whole book, for new members will cost you $2.33??? I wrote the number down somewhere . Her Q. address is P O Box 4821 Quartzsite AZ 85359 . I assume her mail will be forwarded when she heads to CA. email
Have you started your charity items? This year we will also provide quilts to the Police Department. The Quartzsite preschoolers received quilts last year and were very happy. We have pictures of them and thank you letters. A BIG Thank you to Natalie and Abbie for the time they put in on this project.
When life throws you scrapes, make a quilt
Julie A. will not be back next season. She and her father will be going to KOA in Mesa . The 5th wheel at Q Mountain is for sale. I think it is a 32 foot with 2 slides. $10,000 obo. Her father was sick this past winter and had heart surgery. We will miss her.
I hope some of you have time to make the pillow cases Rosemary suggested. They can go with the quilts or to any charity and still be counted in the million pillow case challenge. We are planning a work day for charity quilts....maybe we would also do a day of pillow cases. I am sure that there are several of us that can help teach the taco style pillow case. I will enclose the pattern later because my scanner will not scan at this moment. I'll work on that later.
Candice is leading the challenge block this year. If you have not got one she had several left last time I saw her. Give her a call or email.
Next Quartzsite Quilt Show is February 11 and 12. Get your quilts ready.
If I stitch fast enough does it count as an aerobic exercise?
Hope all the round robin people are doing well. I got a note from Kathy C. She is enjoying hers. She signed up for two groups so gets double the surprises in her mail box. She was having great weather 2 weeks ago. I wonder what it is like there now since I am freezing in Minnesota . We had light snow fall last night and of course frost warnings.
. She who dies with the most fabric, wins. She who dies with the most fabric, dies. When is the estate sale? ( Okay that is sick…but I still had to laugh.)
The only notes I have for next years classes are as follows:
Sheri Dean ….quillows
Dee Falcon…..repeat 6 minute circles
Barb Williams….more paintstiks now that some of us are hooked on them.
Wanda…Brazilian embrodiary at least we hope for an other new stitch
I know Janice will have a list in Sept so you can have a better idea on what special things you will need.
Not to worry,gave me permition to copy their instructions for the newsletter.
Opps… almost forgot the note from Abbie.
Please try to bring your first ever quilt next year. What fun it can be to see how much we have all learned. (Do you want these for the quilt show Abbie, or just show and tell?)
Don't forget to bring one or two items for the drawing basket, craft table and or for the Quilt Show. The craft table items must be all hand made and sewing or quilting related please.
For those of you that are new to computers....I have sent the basic bias binding instrutions as an attachment. You may have to right click on the paper clip to open it. Some computers will open it automatically.
Remember, any time is stitching time.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Next week get your name on the committe of your choice. There are lots of good spots left. Here is what /I wrote down......
Abbie will be in charge of next years quilt show.
Abbie and Natalie will continue taking the charity quilts.
Barb W. on the ribbon committee.
Membership....Vice Pres Diane
inventory of suppplies.....
SHow Venders....Janice T.( I hope)
Hobo Stew next week....March 2. Bring a can of stuff and your bowl and spoon
Barb's painting class starts at 9, Marilyn's will start about 10.
No Meeting March 9 Quartzsite Election.
Those that did not get their fabric from Bonnie, she will be in Bylthe the 9th at Camile's 919 E. Murphy St.....use the back door from the alley. 9 o'clock A.M. until ????CALIFORNIA time*****10 AZ.
Cindy Hopkins broke her ankle last week in a quad accident...She has a plate and 11 pins now... She is home in Q. but will leave for home after her doc visit on Friday.
Hope I got it all! Bye Barb W.
Feb 23 Janet will teach an applique class. You will be learning the technique not making a block. Bring as many of the following as possible, but don't run out an buy a bunch of stuff now. We can share. Janet will give you her favorite threads. Background fabric and a couple scrap fabrics for a leaf and a heart, Iron, Ironing surface (I hope you were listening to Rosemary's "TOOL TIME", spray starch, emery board, size 9 or 10 sharp needle, mylar for pattern, sharpie pen.
March 2.....2 classes
Marilyn will teach her easy swirl table topper. You saw it at the show and for show and tell. You need 5/8 yard of focus fabric and 1/3 yard background.
Barb W will teach paint stiks. in a crayon form. We will cut out freezer paper to make a stencil and iron it to the fabric. you will then learn how to paint a awesome cactus. donate Barb a dollar and she will bring everything you need. Can we start at 9? Then Marilyn can start about 10ish??? So many people are leaving so we are trying to do both clases the same day.
Mach 16th Bonnie and Ken will be here for the last time this season. If you were going to pick up fabric on the 10th at Brenda.....at the , the time is 1 o'clock. The 9th she is in Blythe.
Linda has found us some great people to take over as officers until the new election in January. Thank you everyone!!
Pres: Nancy Whitney
vice Pres: Diane Phillips
Co-Secretaries: Sue Hickman and Lee Skelton
President Nancy wishes to start March out with a HOBO STEW pot luck. For those of you that do not know what this is...we each bring something to throw in the pot. Please no products with MSG. I promise not to bring any pinapple (althought it is great) Bring a can of something or something fresh or rice etc. , but be sure to peel or cut it if necessary. Nancy's DH (dear husband) will do the stirring. Bring a bowl, spoon, beverage and be ready to enjoy!!!
Bonnie Morgan and I (barb W) will have a proto type landscape ribbon to show for the next meeting. We will get a group together to make them..
Well I am ready to push the send button. Hope I did not forget too many things. Did you get the link to the show pictures???? I have not edited them or got names.
Have you got the new Desert Messenger??? Wow look at us!